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Development of Children's Use of External Reminders for Hard‐to‐Remember Intentions

Redshaw, J; Vandersee, J; Bulley, A; Gilbert, SJ; (2018) Development of Children's Use of External Reminders for Hard‐to‐Remember Intentions. Child Development , 89 (6) pp. 2099-2108. 10.1111/cdev.13040. Green open access

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Abstract

This study explored under what conditions young children would set reminders to aid their memory for delayed intentions. A computerized task requiring participants to carry out delayed intentions under varying levels of cognitive load was presented to 63 children (aged between 6.9 and 13.0 years old). Children of all ages demonstrated metacognitive predictions of their performance that were congruent with task difficulty. Only older children, however, set more reminders when they expected their future memory performance to be poorer. These results suggest that most primary school‐aged children possess metacognitive knowledge about their prospective memory limits, but that only older children may be able to exercise the metacognitive control required to translate this knowledge into strategic reminder setting.

Type: Article
Title: Development of Children's Use of External Reminders for Hard‐to‐Remember Intentions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13040
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13040
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040386
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